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Talk of the Town, Leysdown, is the latest Sheppey pub to have a makeover

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The Isle of Sheppey is getting a makeover when it comes to dining.

Visitors to Leysdown have seen the old Talk of the Town seaside pub turn into a Fish Bar restaurant and take out.

Talk of the Town pub in Leysdown is transformed into a fish bar by Cain’s Amusements
As it is now: the speech of the city
As it is now: the speech of the city
As It Was Then: The Talk of the Town, Leysdown
As It Was Then: The Talk of the Town, Leysdown

Cain’s Amusements, which has the Playtime games room next door, is also building three holiday apartments above the old pub.

The Herne Bay company obtained the authorization in April 2020 then the coronavirus pandemic struck which slowed down construction work. He recently filed updated information with Swale’s board.

Director David Cain obviously believes the island is the plaice to be …

He said: “Sheppey is calling for a seafood restaurant on the waterfront. We also wanted to keep the Talk of the Town from falling into disrepair because it is such an iconic building. This ticks all the boxes.

Former Talk of the Town owner Chris Prime and his wife Jackie gave up running the venue in October 2018 after new regulations were enforced by police.

The Dining Room, Leysdown
The Dining Room, Leysdown
Mark Seabrook outside the former Prince of Waterloo pub in Minster, Sheppey.  This is now the Bank's restaurant
Mark Seabrook outside the old Prince of Waterloo pub in Minster, Sheppey. This is now the Bank’s restaurant

He left Leysdown with only one pub, the Rose and Crown, especially since the Merlins Entertainment Center has also closed and is waiting to be turned into apartments.

But the city now has another new dining experience at The Dining Room which opened in September.

Naz Chowdhury, owner of Curryholics take-out in Sheerness, has transformed the old pavilion into “an authentic, creative, family-friendly gourmet restaurant”.

The 38-year-old said: “Everything we serve is very artistic; we want to achieve a Michelin star and we want our customers to be tasted and dined in style.

On his heels, Mark Seabrook transformed Minster’s former Prince of Wales pub into Banks Restaurant. He has been working there since 2011 and has organized a series of “soft openings” for the guests.

Mark, 67, admitted: “It took a long time. It was collapsing and required a lot of work. People ask why we want to open a restaurant in Sheppey, but it is a wonderful place and, most importantly, there are no other restaurants like us.

King's Arms pub in Minster village is now called Charisma Cocktails
King’s Arms pub in Minster village is now called Charisma Cocktails

“If people can go to Read’s in Faversham or the Sportsman in Seasalter, I don’t see why they won’t want to come to Sheppey.”

Within walking distance is another old pub, the King’s Arms, which is now Charisma Cocktails run by Jodie Turner and her partner Paul Newton.

Jodie said: “We were told no one on Sheppey would use a cocktail bar, but since our opening every night is full.”

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